Boston College Law School



Boston College Law School, based just outside Boston’s city limits in Newton, MA, invites nominations and applications for its next Dean. Boston College Law School (BC Law) is among the nation’s finest law schools. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead BC Law towards its next century of educating lawyers through theory and practice and shaping leaders prepared to address society's most important moral and ethical questions.


The BC Law community seeks talented, creative, and experienced candidates to be its next Dean. The individual selected will be an acknowledged leader and known for integrity, committed to enhancing the culture and academic standing of BC Law, and able to contribute to the mission and heritage of Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic university.

The Dean of BC Law will embody the essential values of academic excellence, scholarly inquiry, a commitment to justice and the common good, service to others, integrity, and civility in a collegial community of learners and scholars. As the School’s principal academic and administrative leader, the Dean will guide and collaborate with faculty in helping to set the priorities and future direction of BC Law.


The new Dean will work closely with BC Law’s faculty and administrative staff and will ensure that BC Law is aligned with the University’s distinctive mission and strategic priorities. The Dean will promote and encourage a model that advances creative collaborations with other BC schools. The Dean will continue to foster a community that is diverse in all aspects, in concert with the Jesuit, Catholic educational and religious heritage and tradition. Commitments to intellectual rigor, discernment, and serving the needs of all students will undergird the Dean’s efforts. 


BC Law operates with six Associate Deans responsible for the following areas: Academic Affairs, Faculty, Strategy & Student Affairs, Experiential Learning, Library and Technology Services, and Finance & Administration. The School includes 61 full-time and 93 adjunct faculty members as well as 30 staff. Admissions, the registrar, the law library, and career services are independent units at BC Law. In addition, BC Law has its own alumni development and communications staff and works closely with Boston College’s financial aid office and the Office of University Advancement. The next Dean will oversee an annual budget of approximately $50 million. Governance and administration are shared between BC Law’s administrative group and the central University administration. The Dean serves with other deans on key committees and councils with the Provost and the President.


Key opportunities and challenges for the next Dean include:

  • Provide Leadership and Strategic Direction
  • Increase Financial Resources
  • Champion Diversity and Access
  • Strengthen BC Law’s National and International Reputations
  • Enhance Community and Connections
  • Guide Enrollment Management and Marketing Efforts
  • Promote BC Law and Its Students, Faculty, and Staff


BC Law seeks a leader who is passionate about legal education and has a deep track record of managerial oversight, preferably within a complex academic institution. Candidates should possess a strong academic record that justifies the offer of a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor. A JD is required.


The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates in Fall 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To obtain a more detailed profile of the position please click here.  


To make a nomination, or express interest, all confidential communications may be directed to:


 Julie E. Tea, Managing Director     

 Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate


For more information, please visit Boston College Law School’s home page here.  


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